Golden Rules For Finishing An EBook
I have three eBooks under my belt, and I can tell you that even though that is not a lot, I am proud of the fact that they are all completed.
For many years, I left my ideas and stories half-completed in a file on my computer or scribbled on a notepad that was tucked inside a shelf, and I’m sure there are many of you who have an idea, or a partially finished eBook, who would love to get to the published stage. That is why I want to share my six golden rules for finishing an eBook.
Note: These are the rules that work for me. They helped me get past the hurdles and develop an eBook that I was happy with. I think they are pretty good rules, but I am not saying that they are the only way to get to the finished eBook.
The 6 Golden Rules For Finishing An EBook
1. Stick to your original idea and format.
2. Write every day.
3. Don’t plan each step - just write.
4. Stop when finished.
5. Edit at least twice.
6. Have someone else read your book before publishing.
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The Golden Rules Explained
The first golden rule is to stick to the original idea you chose, because if you don’t, you will never finish your thought. As a person who has new ideas every day, I know how easy it is to become distracted while writing. You may think of a story that is 'more interesting' or a better way to format your eBook, but you need to ignore these ‘new’ ideas and stick to your original. Remember, at one time it was an exciting and powerful thought, and that means that it has some validity and energy behind it! Don't worry about negative thoughts that try to stop you from writing.
The second golden rule is to write every day. If you are truly committed to finishing your eBook, then you have to move it closer to the finished state as quick as possible. If you leave your eBook to sit for months or years, then you will have two problems: First, you can lose momentum on the idea and end up starting something new that excites you instead, and second, you will have to get back into the groove, which can be hard to do. Write every day so that you keep your momentum up and stay in the mindset of your eBook.
The third golden rule is to avoid planning your next move. Once you have your idea and eBook format in place, just write. Planning can halt your writing and even cause you to stop completely. You may even decide that you are doing things all wrong and attempt to start over if you are busy scrutinizing your work on a daily basis. If you want to get your eBook written, then keep writing and stop worrying! You will have time to edit the eBook when it is all done.
The fourth golden rule is to stop when finished. There is no set rule on how long your eBook has to be to be a good eBook. Well, you know what I mean. You obviously can't expect a 300-word eBook to thrive, but trying to make a goal of 50,000 words exactly can be hard. I tried to add in extra material that didn’t add value to my eBook and took away from my point. I learned that the best place to stop was when I felt like it was over.
The fifth golden rule is to edit at least twice. I found this out the hard way while doing direct publishing on kindle. You can miss many grammar errors if you don’t edit twice. I am not a grammar queen by any means, and I'm sure a lot of my writing could be improved upon, but I find that it is very easy to miss little things when editing. Sometimes, I don’t catch my mistakes until my third edit. If you are blessed with great grammar and editing skills, then please feel free to share with me...but if not, then use my advice - you will be glad you did.
The sixth golden rule is to have someone else read your eBook before you publish it. I know that it can be hard to have your book looked at by a loved one. We are all terrified of rejection or pity. However, it is better to have someone close to you point out your errors than to get a few bad reviews that cause you to never make another sale on your eBook again.
In the end, this is what I have found to be true while writing my eBooks. I’m sure there are many other people who have some ‘golden rules’ of their own.
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